The Viral Roundup – Thunderstruck Edition
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Thunder fans are nervously keeping abreast of Kevin Durant’s health. Oklahoma City (a seven point favourite) dispatched Washington 125-101 in front of the D.C. crowd, but the W came with Durant leaving at halftime with a strained left hamstring. Russell Westbrook did his part to light up the Wizards before and after Durant left, racking up a triple-double (22 points, 11 assists, 11 rebounds) to go alongside his fellow superstar’s triple-double output. John Wall had a weak outing for Washington only scoring 9 points and going 4-13 over 25 minutes.
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Wayne Rooney will only put up with the jawing of pro grapplers for so long. The English soccer superstar had some lovely seats for WWE Raw on Monday, but he found himself taking a fair bit of guff from baddies Sheamus and King Barrett. After an extended stretch of verbal abuse, Rooney struck back against Barrett to cheers from the crowd. Speaking of Wayne Rooney, Manchester United are considered a -115 moneyline favourite versus Watford FC in their upcoming November 21 clash.
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- Henrik Lundqvist stopped all 33 shots that came his way on Tuesday night to pick up his first shutout of the season in a 3-0 NYR blanking of Carolina. Rick Nash had a goal and a helper in the Rangers home win and the club escaped an undisciplined night where they gifted the Canes with six power play opportunities. The Blueshirts and the Blues have an intriguing matchup on deck at Madison Square Garden tomorrow.
- Reigning Hart Trophy winner Carey Price is still in recovery mode and won’t be coming back to the Habs this week. Price is continuing to get healthy after suffering a lower body injury in late October versus Edmonton. The upside? Rookie Mike Condon has been spectacular sporting a miniscule 1.57 GAA and a 4-0-1 record in Price’s absence. At the moment, oddsmakers have Montreal as a 15/2 wager to win the Stanley Cup this summer. The club originally opened as a 14/1 shot.
- A lacerated kidney and partially torn abdominal muscle will keep franchise QB Andrew Luck out of the lineup for Indianapolis for 2-6 weeks. The injury occured in the 4th quarter of Indy’s 27-23 win over the previously undefeated Denver Broncos. 40-year-old vet Matt Hasselbeck will take over the position during Luck’s absence and he’s actually had a pretty good run as a substitute this year. He notched wins over Houston and Jacksonville in his two starts in 2015. The 4-5 Colts have a bye in Week 10 and will get back to action on November 22 in Atlanta.
- The Steelers aren’t saying who they’re planning on starting on Sunday, but they’ll let you know who they’re leaning towards. Ben Roethlisberger’s injury appears like it might keep him out of the lineup for Sunday’s tilt with Cleveland, so Landry Jones is being prepped at pivot with Big Ben a possibility to take over the spot if he’s healthy. Pittsburgh, a four-and-a-half point home favourite, haven’t suffered a loss to the Browns at Heinz Field since 2003. It ranks as the only Cleveland win at that stadium.
- We have a new school in the College Football Playoff Rankings and it’s another one loss team. Notre Dame arrives in the #4 slot with their 8-1 record and join #1 Clemson, #2 Alabama (rising two spots) and #3 Ohio State as the big four. #5 Iowa also soared up the rankings to #5, while LSU took a nasty tumble after their Tide loss falling from #2 to #9 in just a week’s time. Undefeated squads Baylor (#6) and Oklahoma State (#8) are still not getting the rub for a playoff spot.
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